By Alan Hutton

24th Nov, 2022 | 1:08pm

Yerry Mina set for extended spell on sidelines after Everton update - pundit

Alan Hutton has insisted Yerry Mina will struggle to force his way back into the Everton starting XI after suffering another injury blow.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender admitted the 28-year-old is likely to be on the bench, at best, when he finally returns from his latest setback.

As confirmed by Frank Lampard on Thursday (24 November), Mina is set to be out for “three to four weeks” after suffering a hamstring problem against Celtic in Australia.

Mina has missed the majority of the 2022/23 campaign with an ankle injury.

Hutton admitted the Colombia international is likely to remain on the sidelines when he does return to fitness.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s really struggled with injuries. I think he is a big, commanding centre-half who’s strong and can go and win the ball in the air.

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“Injury-wise, he’s really struggled. Tarkowski and Coady have got that right good relationship at this moment in time. He’s probably going to find it hard to get back in.

“You still need these sorts of players within the squad. You can’t just let them go. It depends what the interest is and what his options are.

“I can’t imagine Frank Lampard would want a player like Yerry Mina go, even though he has had his injury problem.”

Mina has only featured once in the Premier League for Everton this season.

He was on the substitutes’ bench for the 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth, the Toffees’ final game before the World Cup break.

He did start the League Cup clash against the Cherries in early November, a game Lampard’s men lost 4-1.

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